WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TAKE A BREAK FROM REGULAR EXERCISE?

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TAKE A BREAK FROM REGULAR EXERCISE?

Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. Your workout efforts pay off with improved strength and stamina and may even prolong your life. That’s why we make the effort to make exercise part of the routine.

The problems can come when the routine is disturbed. It could be a holiday, an illness, an injury or simply a change of season. Unfortunately you can be affected fairly quickly by stopping regular exercise.

Here are just some of the effects of stopping your exercise regime:

WEIGHT GAIN

Reduced exercise means reduced calorie intake. Forgetting to keep the two balanced is a quick way to weight gain, so keep a check on your eating if your exercise has to stop or reduce.

LOSS OF STAMINA

Studies on marathon runners have shown that even their level of fitness needs maintenance. It seems high-level stamina can drop away within a month of reducing exercise levels. Stopping exercise totally will reduce stamina much more quickly.

LOSS OF MUSCLE

Unfortunately it is much quicker to lose muscle than it is to gain it. A moderate amount of exercise 30 mins of strength work three times a week) can produce noticeable muscle toning in four to five weeks. Take a break of as little as a fortnight and those improvements will disappear.

What can be done to prevent these issues? If you are injured or ill, accept that you will lose some fitness and adjust your workout accordingly on recovery. For a holiday, make the effort to fit in a workout or two, or even just some brisk walking or running.

Not exercising is proven to be a health risk and stopping exercise can give you some major fitness set backs. It really is worth sticking with your programme!


The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

Comments

Brittany T.
29 December 2018

Brittany T.

with no work until Wednesday I am very much in holiday mode, but I have tried to get some exercise each day. I feel very relaxed, wish it could last forever!

Hugh M.
24 December 2018

Hugh M.

I am very aware of the last paragraph - that we lost muscle faster than we lose it - and that's motivation for me to keep working out.

Charlie M.
19 December 2018

Charlie M.

the odd day won't make a difference, but I imagine that those with heavy party season committments (not me!) can do some fairly serious damage with a few weeks of low effort and high intake. Much easier to keep to a reasonable routine rather than have a lot of work in January.

Amber J.
19 December 2018

Amber J.

hmmm, not the sort of thing I want reminding of just before Christmas, but I think cutting back a little is not terribly damaging. A bit of time lazing around and eating too much is something to look forward to each year for me, so I see it as soul-enriching,

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